Friday, October 15


Via Corrente, we should expect more of this:

A 17-member Army Reserve platoon with troops from Jackson and around the Southeast deployed to Iraq is under arrest for refusing a "suicide mission" to deliver fuel, the troops' relatives said Thursday.

The soldiers refused an order on Wednesday to go to Taji, Iraq — north of Baghdad — because their vehicles were considered "deadlined" or extremely unsafe, said Patricia McCook of Jackson, wife of Sgt. Larry O. McCook.

And then there'll be fragging of officers, and then there'll be an "Iraq War Veterans Against the War." This is surreal. It's all happening again. And it's because some people don't learn from history; they only want to refight it. That's as silly as the film (I don't remember the name) in which Kurt Russell and Robin Williams, as late-thirty-something businessmen, decide to replay the game they lost as high school football players. People whose whole lifelong identity is tied up with the one-big-thing that happened (or, in too many cases, such as that of Furious George, DIDN'T HAPPEN) in their lives, usually in their youth, are really sad. I think you'd have to put the whole Swift Boat Vets as well as most of BushCo in that category.

UPDATE: The reservists have been released from detention, but could be reprimanded or even court-martialed.


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